The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 17 is live!

Coming up on this episode of The Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the hockey news of the week. We are approaching the annual Christmas break, and the standings remain as tight as ever. There have been some injuries to some big names around the league that will likely affect their teams. There were several individual milestones reached this week as well. We’ll have the details of all this plus the Minor League Hockey Minute, the NCAA hockey minute and our picks of the week!

THN Season 2, Episode 17 (Episode 62) Show Notes 12/7-12/16

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Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.


Opening Tease:

  • Big News concerning the Future of our Hurricanes and NHL expansion
  • NHL Board of Governors meeting was a week+ ago, we’ll let you know the big stories
  • Big TV network transaction that affects at least 12 NHL teams
  • Brothers Subban played against each other
  • Outdoor Season begins this week (Mon @ Ott) 10 deg at game time
  • Upsets abound in College Hockey
  • We’ll have all this and more.



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Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates

Bos: 6-1 W vs Ari on 12/7, 3-1 W vs NYI on 12/9, 3-2 OTW @ Det on 12/13, 5-3 L vs WSH on 12/14, vs NYR on 12/16

Car: 5-4 OTL @ SJ on 12/7, 3-2 OTL @ LA on 12/9, 3-2 L @ ANA on 12/11, 3-2 SOW @ VGK on 12/12, 5-4 OTW @ BUF on 12/15, vs CBJ on 12/16

NYR: 4-2 L @ WSH on 12/8, 5-2 W vs NJD on 12/9, 2-1 SOL vs Dal on 12/11, 3-2 L @ Ott on 12/13, 4-2 W vs LAK, @BOS on 12/16







Other Notable games:

Thursday, 12/7:
Friday, 12/8:
Saturday, 12/9:
Sunday, 12/10:
Monday, 12/11:
Tuesday, 12/12:
Wednesday, 12/13:

Thursday, 12/14:
Friday, 12/15:
Saturday, 12/16:

NHL Standings:



NHL Transactions:




  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahanis out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.  Callahan was injured during the third period of a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. With 12:59 remaining, Callahan got tangled with Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and when Callahan fell to the ice, Ekman-Larsson also fell, landing on Callahan’s arm.  Callahan has six points (one goal, five assists) in 29 games this season. The 32-year-old missed 64 games last season after having hip surgery during the offseason and in February.
  • Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnykis week to week with a lower-body injury.  Dubnyk was injured in the first period of a 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.  Dubnyk is 12-8-2 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage with three shutouts in 23 games this season. He’s started at least 65 games in each of the past two seasons with the Wild.
  • Left wing Taylor Hallis day to day for the New Jersey Devils with a contusion in his right knee and will not play against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, MSG+ 2, RDS, NHL.TV).  Hall was injured in the third period after scoring twice in a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on Tuesday when he went knee-on-knee with defenseman Kurtis MacDermid at the Kings blue line at 7:16. Hall’s final shift ended at 14:35 and he left for the locker room during a stoppage at 16:56. The contact by MacDermid appeared to hit just above Hall’s right knee.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinskywill miss 6-8 weeks with an orbital bone fracture sustained against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.  Dubinsky was injured in a fight with Oilers forward Zack Kassian with 1:35 remaining in the Blue Jackets’ 7-2 loss.   Dubinsky, 31, has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and is plus-5 in 31 games this season.  Dubinsky has 420 points (144 goals, 276 assists) in 731 games over 12 seasons with the New York Rangers and Blue Jackets.
  • Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perryis week to week with a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.  Coach Randy Carlyle said the Ducks will have a better timeline for Perry next week.  Perry left the game against the Hurricanes at 13:14 of the first period after his knee struck Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner‘s leg in a collision in the Carolina zone. Perry was face down on the ice before limping to the bench with the help of trainers.   Perry’s injury is the latest for the Ducks (13-11-7), who are in fifth place in the Pacific Division, 10 points behind the Los Angeles Kings (20-8-3). Anaheim is also missing forwards Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (Guillain-Barre syndrome), Nick Ritchie (upper body) and Joseph Blandisi (upper body). Forward Jakob Silfverberg played against Carolina after missing five games with an upper-body injury.  Perry leads the Ducks with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists). He led the NHL with 50 goals in 2010-11 and has 739 points (355 goals, 384 assists) in 13 seasons with Anaheim.
  • Defenseman Alex Pietrangelowas placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday with a lower-body injury.   Pietrangelo, the Blues captain, was injured blocking a shot in a 6-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 9. He left the game and returned.   Pietrangelo, 27, has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and ranks fifth in scoring among NHL defensemen. He is tied for second in goals among defensemen with Mikhail Sergachev of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pietrangelo has 326 points (72 goals, 254 assists) in 569 NHL games with St. Louis.
  • Forward Jaden Schwartzwas placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues on Sunday with an injury to his right ankle that will keep him out for at least six weeks.  Schwartz was injured blocking a shot by defenseman Mike Green and was helped off the ice with 2:51 left in the first period of the Blues’ 6-1 victory at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.
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  • Ottawa Senators forward Alexandre Burrowshas been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo during NHL Game No. 454 in San Jose on Saturday, Dec. 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 14:51 of the third period. Burrows was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for fighting.

Other Interesting Stories:



  • Marion Gaborik became the 314th player in NHL history to play 1,000 games when the Kings played the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, MSG, FS-W, NHL.TV).
  • Henrik Lundqvistmade 27 saves in the New York Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, bringing his career total to 20,023.  Lundqvist became the 15th goalie to make 20,000 saves since the data was officially kept, beginning with the 1955-56 season.  Lundqvist joined Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Patrick Roy, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, John Vanbiesbrouck, Gump Worsley, Grant Fuhr, Gilles Meloche, Sean Burke, Jacques Plante, and Nikolai Khabibulin as the only goalies with at least 20,000 saves. Among them, they have won the Vezina Trophy 27 times and seven of the 12 eligible players are in the Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame.  In terms of goals-against average, his 2.33 ranks second to Brodeur (2.24), and it takes five decimal places to break the tie for first in save percentage, which Jacques Plante holds over Lundqvist, .91965 to .91958. This does not include Plante’s play from 1952–55, which is prior data being kept.
  • Forward Chris Neil, who turned a relentless work ethic into a 15-year career with the Ottawa Senators, retired Thursday. Neil, 38, played 1,026 NHL games, all with the Senators; only defenseman Chris Phillips (1,179) and former captain Daniel Alfredsson (1,178) played more. He had 250 points (112 goals, 138 assists), and is the Senators’ all-time penalty minutes leader with 2,522, 20th in NHL history. Neil and longtime New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko are the only NHL players to have played 1,000 games and had more than 2,500 penalty minutes while spending their entire career with one franchise.
  • Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for his 300th NHL win when the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 at Barclays Center on Wednesday.
  • Cam Ward 22 saves for his 300th NHL win when the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Phil Di Giuseppe got the winner in the shootout.
  • Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 10.  Schenn led the NHL with 6-1-7, including at least one goal in all four of his appearances, to power the Blues (21-8-2, 44 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Western Conference standings.  Allen went 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Blues to their third four-game winning streak of the season (also Oct. 4-10 and Oct. 25-30).  Elliott posted a trio of victories – along with a 1.67 goals-against average and .954 save percentage – to help the Flyers (11-11-7, 29 points) bounce back from a 10-game skid (0-5-5) and complete a perfect road trip through Western Canada.
  • Defenseman Zarley Zalapski, who played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers, has died at the age of 49, the Flames announced Tuesday.  The cause of death was not disclosed.   Zalapski, born in Edmonton, was selected by the Penguins with the No. 4 pick in the 1986 NHL Draft. He played 190 games over four seasons with Pittsburgh before being part of a trade with the Whalers that sparked the Penguins’ back-to-back Stanley Cup titles.    On March 4, 1991, Zalapski and forwards John Cullen and Jeff Parker were traded by the Penguins to the Whalers for forward Ron Francis and defensemen Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings. The Penguins won the Cup that season and the next.  Zalapski played 229 games with the Whalers, 178 with the Flames, 28 with the Canadiens and 12 with the Flyers before retiring after the 1999-2000 season. Zalapski finished his NHL career with 384 points (99 goals, 285 assists) in 637 games.



Power Ranking:

  1. Tampa Bay (1)
  2. Nashville (4)
  3. St Louis (2)
  4. Los Angeles (10)
  5. Vegas (9)
  6. Washington (11)
  7. Columbus (5)
  8. Winnipeg (3)
  9. Toronto (8)
  10. New Jersey (7)
  11. San Jose (12)
  12. Rangers (13)
  13. Chicago (16)
  14. Islanders (6)
  15. Minnesota (21)
  16. Boston (18)
  17. Dallas (14)
  18. Anaheim (23)
  19. Calgary (17)
  20. Pittsburgh (15)
  21. Philly (25)
  22. Carolina (20)
  23. Vancouver (22)
  24. Montreal (26)
  25. Colorado (19)
  26. Detroit (24)
  27. Edmonton (28)
  28. Florida (27)
  29. Ottawa (29)
  30. Buffalo (30)
  31. Arizona (31)



Looking ahead:

Bos: vs CBJ on 12/18, @ BUF on 12/19, vs WPG on 12/21, vs DET on 12/23, vs OTT on 12/27

Car: @ TOR on 12/19, @ NSH on 12/21, vs BUF on 12/23, vs MON on 12/27

NYR: vs ANA on 12/19, @ NJD on 12/21, vs TOR on 12/23, vs WSH on 12/27



Other Notable games:

Sunday, 12/17:
Monday, 12/18:
Tuesday, 12/19:
Wednesday, 12/20:


Thursday, 12/21:
Friday, 12/22:
Saturday, 12/23:
Sunday, 12/24: No Games
Monday, 12/25: No Games
Tuesday, 12/26: No Games
Wednesday, 12/27:



Minor League Hockey Minute


Steve:  Hartford Wolf Pack



College Hockey Minute:


Maine –  swept Quinnipiac on road Dec 8-9, 7-4 & 5-3.  Maine is now 8-7-1, 4-4-1  heading into Xmas break.


Upsets of ranked teams:

Friday: (12/8)
7:05 ETCanisius4@(20) Niagara2
6:35 ET(7) Minnesota1@(15) Ohio State2OT
7:07 CT(17) Minnesota Duluth5@Omaha7
7:05 ETMiami5@(11) Western Michigan2
7:05 ET(16) Colgate2@Connecticut4

7:35 ET(20) Niagara2@Canisius8
8:05 ET(7) Minnesota1@(15) Ohio State4
7:05 ETRIT4@(9) Providence0
7:00 ETArmy West Point4@(13) New Hampshire3
4:00 ETMerrimack4@(13) New Hampshire3
5:00 ETMassachusetts2@(19) Union1


Big games this week (both teams ranked):  none (only 16 games total)
This is last weekend of NCAA action until week of 12/28-1/3

Pairwise Rankings:




Picks of the week:


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